Following is an overview of land-based casinos in West Virginia:
The Casino Club at the Greenbrier
|Address:||101 Main Street West, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986|
This is not your father’s Greenbrier Hotel – or even your older brother’s. The longtime American classic resort underwent a sea change in 2009, suffering through bankruptcy and a transfer of ownership, only to emerge on the other side as the same great hotel that has housed presidents and royalty, but now with a full casino.
It has been described as Gone with the Wind meets Monte Carlo. The hotel still has its old Southern charm, and its full casino – with table games, slot machines, and a poker room – has the class of the Riviera.
While the property doesn’t feature a racetrack, simulcast wagering has also been added to recognize West Virginia’s strong history with horse and greyhound racing.
The Casino Club at The Greenbrier has something for everyone, along with a full slate of recreational activities in the Allegheny Mountains as well as the spa and springs that first started bringing people to the area for rest and relaxation more than 235 years ago.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
|Address:||750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414|
The casino and racetrack in Charles Town, West Virginia has more than 85 years of history under its belt, but it’s the future that brings in more than 2.5 million visitors each year.
There are 162 days of live racing spread out over all 12 months of the year, including 20 stakes races. The casino boasts a full slate of table games, more than 2,500 slot machines, and a large 18-table poker room.
The resort features an entertainment venue hosting many of the biggest names in music and comedy all year round. But it is the newest addition – a fully operational sportsbook powered by the biggest name in sports gaming, William Hill – that has the area buzzing.
The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and the Washington Redskins, the fourth most valuable NFL franchise according to Forbes, sit just an hour’s drive away.
Couple that with the college football madness of the region and the long-standing ties to pari-mutuel wagering, and it is easy to see how the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is primed to expand its stature as a top regional destination for sports and casino gamers.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
|Address:||1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313|
The popular, family-owned racetrack and casino in Cross Lanes, West Virginia is now part of the $3-billion hospitality conglomerate of Delaware North.
While many may fear the venue will lose some of its charm by going corporate, Delaware North seems primed to upgrade the facility and maintain its status as one of the nation’s premier destinations for live greyhound racing.
Only 16 greyhound tracks remain in the United States, but with racing five nights a week and simulcast racing from around the country seven days a week, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is doing its part to keep the 100-year-old sport alive and well. The simulcast races also include 24 horse racing tracks with wagers to match.
Along with the racetrack, there is a 90,000-foot casino offering a full slate of table games, 900 slot machines, and poker tournaments six nights a week.
The casino also offers one of the most generous loyalty program new registration bonuses, giving you an extra $10 on your first $10 play.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort
|Address:||1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland, WV 26047|
Some of the best horses anywhere in the United States run at the racetrack in New Cumberland, home of the prestigious West Virginia Derby and the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes.
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee Bob Baffert, the trainer of multiple Triple Crown winners, has trained a number of horses to visit the winner’s circle at Mountaineer.
Along with its top-grade racing offerings, Mountaineer is also the pioneer in the movement to add casino gaming to racetracks. In 1994, it became the first ever “racino” in the United States when new laws allowed it to add slot machines.
Today, it has more than 1,500 slot machines, 36 tables of casino games, and a poker room that hosts tournaments seven days a week and offers a number of poker variants.
There is also a large 354-room hotel, complete with pools, a spa, and a fitness center. The resort has a 4,000-seat entertainment venue that hosts concerts and events, and a dynamic schedule of race and casino promotions to keep you engaged, along with the One Club rewards program for loyal customers.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
|Address:||1 South Stone Street, Wheeling, WV 26003|
You’d be hard-pressed to find a racetrack with more history than Wheeling Island, or with a prettier setting.
Surrounded on three sides by the Ohio River, the racetrack’s origins date back to 1866, when Wheeling Island was transitioning from a training camp for Union Soldiers during the Civil War to an island playground for residents of the newly formed state of West Virginia.
The current racetrack was built in 1937, transitioning from horses to greyhounds in 1976. Today, it is one of two dog tracks operating in West Virginia, and just one of 16 anywhere in the country. The greyhounds run there at least five nights a week, and simulcast racing of dog and horse tracks from across the country takes place seven days a week.
As an owned-and-operated Delaware North property, the casino offers a full range of gaming options. There are more than 1,100 slot machines, table games for all tastes, and a non-smoking poker room open 120 hours a week.
Wheeling Island also offers a hotel, showroom, meeting and banquet space, and free membership into its Lucky North Club rewards program.